Sunday, 12 July 2009

Firefox 3.5 is so slow to start up

Having upgraded from Firefox 3 to 3.5 (I have yet to try out the new porn^H^H^H^Hprivacy mode!), I am quite dissapointed to find that it takes about 45 seconds (!) to start up with little or no CPU usage in that time and then takes ages to shutdown with very high CPU usage.

After some googling, I found this solution that deals with the slow startup problem. Clearing the temporary internet files really did work for me, well it reduced startup time from 45 seconds to about 10 seconds.

I have found much discussion of the shutdown problem but no solutions yet...

8 comments:

Mark Reckons said...

I got so sick of Firefox's sluggishness a few months ago that I switched to Google Chrome for my home machine (I use still use FF at work where I tend to use the net less).

There are no plugins in Chrome which is a bit of a pain but it is SO much faster and so much more responsive.

Anonymous said...

Try Safari, it's fast and I love the "cover flow" history.

Dave Licence said...

I found ff too slow to start even on the previous version. I too have switched to chrome now both for work and home - although ie is still necessary for some things.

LibCync said...

With Chrome could I use an AdBlocker equivalent?

Dave Licence said...

No plug ins for chrome at the moment - I think they will introduce them in future versions

anshul said...

The most prominent reason for Slow Startup of a fast and reliable operating system like Windows XP, are the errors that pile up in the registry. Whenever a user uninstalls a computer program, some small fragments still remain in the registry and every time the operating system starts, it tries to trace these uninstalled programs.

Most of the computer users are unaware of finer details of how to rectify slow PC startup and make it work at a good speed and in an efficient manner. So they need to look for a software or service that can assist them in this regard Once errors build up in the Windows XP registries, an external source of help is essential to counter the slow Windows XP startup.

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